Press Release: Announcement from the Tobago Cays Marine Park

Kurt Cordice sre at
Tue May 21 23:25:05 EDT 2002

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> Press Release
> Date: 2002/05/22
> The Management of the Tobago Cays Marine Park (TCMP) proudly announces the
implementation of its
> 2002 Work Plan, which includes the Official Opening of the Park by
November, 2002.
> The five tiny Cays and the reef systems of the Tobago Cays creates a
lagoon-like area,
> considered by many experienced sailors to be one of the best and most
beautiful anchorages in the
> world.   Found in the waters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West
Indies, this unique area
> attracts large numbers of yachts, SCUBA divers and day visitors.   The
Tobago Cays is also
> considered by many to be the centerpiece of the Grenadines, a chain of
small islands which act as
> the central focus of marine tourism within the Windward Islands of the
West Indies.
> With the project now over 17 years old, the official opening of the Tobago
Cays Marine Park has
> a long time in coming.   However, the Management Team of the TCMP, which
has been in place for the
> past 4 years, has consistently maintained that a strong foundation
approach is crucial to the
> success, and that an official opening should not take place unless such a
foundation has been
> established.  The Management now feels that, with the successful
completion of its 2002 Work Plan,
> an adequate foundation will be established, and the Tobago Cays Marine
Park can look forward to a
> bright future for years to come.
> "...the Tobago Cays, and indeed the Grenadines as a whole, is an area of
incredible beauty and
> extreme is a Natural Heritage that must be protected for our
children, and for the
> children of the World.", says Kurt Cordice, leader of the TCMP Management
> The 2002 Work Plan of the Tobago Cays Marine Park includes various efforts
of capacity building
> training, designed to facilitate the Foundation Principle of Management
adopted by the TCMP.
> efforts will include the areas of:
> · Emergency Procedures (including Search and Rescue)
> · Research and Monitoring
> · Enforcement
> · Community Management
> For more details regarding activities planned for 2002, and for further
information about the
> Cays Marine Park, please visit our web site at
> The Management Team of the TCMP would like to thank those who have made
this final push towards
> opening of the Marine Park possible.   This thanks is especially extended
to many of the Vendors
> the Tobago Cays, who have taken it upon themselves to ensure that both the
social atmosphere and
> environment of the Tobago Cays continue to be one of the best in St.
Vincent and the Grenadines.
> The Management Team looks forward to working in partnership with the local
Vendors and the
> of the Southern Grenadines, to ensure that this beautiful and valuable
area is protected as a
> Heritage for future generations.

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